REAL WEDDING // Sara & Sarah - Swallows & Amazons inspired Salcombe celebration

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We are thrilled to be sharing this joyful wedding day! Abi met with Sara & Sarah back in the wintery months of last year to begin planning their bespoke stationery, seeing these beautiful shots of their big day by Emma Barrow has brought the biggest smile to our faces. We just know you're going to love seeing how they made their celebration their own, keep on scrolling for love, laughter and a whole lot of inspiration...

We created this vintage map style invitation postcard. See more  here ...

We created this vintage map style invitation postcard. See more here...

... and the matching RSVP cards featured a homage to the Swallows and Amazons flags

... and the matching RSVP cards featured a homage to the Swallows and Amazons flags

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Arthur Ransome's 'Swallows and Amazons' was the starting point for this couple's invitation design. Sara & Sarah sent us the original map illustration and we also looked at some of the newer versions of the vintage book covers to influence their design. We decided on a mix of watercolour painting and digital drawing with a little pirate twist for their postcard style invitations and RSVP  cards.

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Fern filled botanical florals were cerated by  Holly Bee Flowers

Fern filled botanical florals were cerated by Holly Bee Flowers

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Sara & Sarah loved how their pirate map style wedding invites turned out so much they decided to get a large format version printed up as a decorative sign

Sara & Sarah loved how their pirate map style wedding invites turned out so much they decided to get a large format version printed up as a decorative sign

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It was really important to this super couple that their coastal hometown Salcombe played a big part in their wedding day; as well as hosting their celebration at seafront venue the Salcombe Harbour Hotel Sara & Sarah led their guests through the town and aboard The Rivermaid for a mini cruise before partying the night away.

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We designed pennant style table names, white for the Swallows and black for the Amazons in keeping with the wedding invitation illustration.

We designed pennant style table names, white for the Swallows and black for the Amazons in keeping with the wedding invitation illustration.

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The magnificent naked cake was created by  Edible Essence  and decorated with natural ferns and figs and other fruit, the finishing touch was a couple of cute lego brides as cake toppers. 

The magnificent naked cake was created by Edible Essence and decorated with natural ferns and figs and other fruit, the finishing touch was a couple of cute lego brides as cake toppers. 

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Check out more from the suppliers that helped create their day...

SUPPLIERS
Stationery: Dearly Beloved
Venue: Salcombe Harbour Hotel
Photography: Emma Barrow Photography
DJ: Silent Discomania
Flower children: H&M and Rocco Clothing
Bouquet: Holly-Bee Flowers
Cake: Edible Essence
Dress: Alice Temperley
Hair Stylist: Yvonne Schmidt
Pizza: South Devon Pizza Company
Sweet Station: Cranch's Sweetshop 
Boat hire: The Rivermaid

Real wedding // Rachel & Sam, Seafront love on Porthilly Farm

Wow! Things have been a little crazy at DB HQ (especially as we have decided to join the Mr & Mrs club too); however we couldn't let another week pass without sharing one of the weddings we have been lucky enough to work on this year. 

Rachel & Sam were local enough for us to meet up for a couple of coffees (and smoothies) to help plan their big day; with inspiration from classic letterpess designs, paper pom poms, Rachel's meticulous wedmin skills and a whole lot of love we think you'll agree this wedding day was glorious. Photography by Nick Reader.

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After a traditional wedding ceremony at a church close to Rachel's heart the celebrations continued with dinner and dancing at Porthilly Farm, an amazing seafront venue in Cornwall.

Marquee from South West Marquee Hire

Marquee from South West Marquee Hire

Rachel's beautiful gown was by  Suzanne Neville

Rachel's beautiful gown was by Suzanne Neville

Here's what our bride had to say about planning their nuptials...

Why did you decide to have bespoke wedding stationery? 
We wanted our mark on the day - something unique to us!

You were super hot on your wedding planning, can you give our followers 3 top tips?
Be organised, be honest with people, don't overthink every decision - it will all be fine!

The fun pom pom decorations from  Pom Pom Studios  were the inspiration for our illustrated motif that was echoed throughout Rachel & Sam's stationery.

The fun pom pom decorations from Pom Pom Studios were the inspiration for our illustrated motif that was echoed throughout Rachel & Sam's stationery.

What was the biggest surprise of the day? 
No real surprises, as I'm too organised! But I hadn't seen the band [Soulfire] and they were absolutely perfect so my risk paid off! Check them out here

And if you had to pick one moment what was the most memorable part of the day?
For Sam it was the said the first dance, I would say just enjoying everyone that came to celebrate, it was all very overwhelming - all my favourite people in one place!

Wedding cake from  The Natural Cake Company , Flowers from  Bruallen  

Wedding cake from The Natural Cake Company, Flowers from Bruallen 

...And the pièce de résistance was the signage on each table which were named after the couple's favourite motorway service stations because... well why the heck not!

We are South West Wedding Awards Finalists!

We have been selected as a 2016 Finalist for the South West Wedding Awards, New Business Category! We are really proud to have been chosen by a panel of wedding experts as one of the best wedding suppliers the region has to offer. Can't wait to put on your glad rags and head to the ceremony on 17th March! Here's hoping we scoop the award!